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Announcing the NetBeans Innovators Grant

02.07.2008
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Have you ever wanted to earn some money to work on a cool open source project? Or would you like someone to sponsor your project? This is your chance.

NetBeans announces the "Dreams of Reality - NetBeans Innovator's Grant", a contest to give grant money to the best ideas on how to improve or expand the NetBeans Project.

If you have a good idea, or you know something that is needed in NetBeans-land, you can take this unique chance to work on your own ideas and earn up to US $20,000!

There will be 10 grants for small projects (US $2,000) and 10 grants for large projects (US $11,500). There is also extra grant money for the best implementations, extending the grant to more then US $20,000!

You can submit your ideas until March 3rd, so, start planning, and come earn some real money to implement your dream project.

And, if you don't know what you would like to work on, there is even a cool list of ideas suggested by the NetBeans Dream Team, and also NetBeans Evangelists and Engineers. You can browse and see if there is something you are interested in.

Deadlines

Submissions open February 1, 2008
Submissions deadline March 3, 2008
Judges announce the winning projects that will receive the grants April 1, 2008
Final project deadline - grant money is paid to finished projects August 4, 2008
Judges announce possible extra grant money - Gold and Silver Awards - and grant money is paid to finished and complete projects September 1, 2008

The NetBeans Innovators Grant is part of a larger effort of Sun Microsystems to offer US $1 million to open source developers. If you prefer, you can propose ideas of Java-related projects to OpenJDK and Glassfish or other projects in the OpenOffice, OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC communities.

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Comments

Ash Mughal replied on Thu, 2012/01/26 - 2:13am

The NetBeans Innovators Grant is a process to provide grants to developers or teams of developers to work on an open source project. A total of 10 large projects will be chosen and awarded a grant of US$ 11,500 dollars. Another 10 smaller projects will be chosen and awarded a grant of US$ 2,000 dollars. Awards will only be awarded upon actual project completion. Projects that excel may receive one of two possible gold awards of US$ 11,000 dollars or two possible silver awards of US$ 5,000 dollars.

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Edward Villanueva replied on Thu, 2012/11/08 - 9:53pm

The NetBeans Innovators Grant is part of Sun Microsystems initiative to give US$ 1 million to open source developers across the globe to work on their favorite Sun-sponsored project.

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Edward Villanueva replied on Thu, 2012/11/15 - 7:49pm

As mentioned on the grants page on NetBeans site the NetBeans Innovators Grant is a process to provide grants to developers or teams of developers to work on an open source project.

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Cata Nic replied on Mon, 2013/09/16 - 3:54am

 These innovations are not enough if you don't promote the product in a better way.

Eugene Furch replied on Tue, 2014/02/25 - 7:34pm

 The NetBeans Innovators Grant is a process to provide grants to developers or teams of developers to work on an open source project. A total of 10 large projects will be chosen? Is that all? Why not more?

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Nationwide Prop... replied on Mon, 2014/04/21 - 6:59am

Now this is long gone, we need a new competition because these past years people have more passion to create a buzz and entering a competition and winning it from a big enterprise is the best award they found ever, what are the updates on the new competition to come, i would love to hear more about it.

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